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Policy links school attendance, welfare benefits

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A new policy taking effect Monday means Michigan parents whose children don't attend school could lose welfare cash benefits.

The Detroit News reports the Michigan Department of Human Services will require children ages 6-15 to attend school full time to keep their family eligible for cash benefits.

A student is considered truant in Michigan when he or she has 10 or more unexcused absences per school year.

The policy change was prompted by Gov. Rick Snyder, who called earlier this year for a crackdown on truancy at schools.

The change takes effect two days before Michigan's fall Count Day, when attendance is used to determine most of a school district's per-pupil funding from the state.

The policy is expected to affect most of the state's thousands of cash-assistance recipients.

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